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School Notes Feb. 25-March 3

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The following students were named as distinguished finalists for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: Jamie Burke, 16, of North Potomac, a junior at Wootton High School in Rockville, has raised more than $115,000 for ALS research and care over the past several years through a letter-writing campaign in conjunction with her role as the captain of a team for the National Walk to Defeat ALS. Jamie, whose grandmother had ALS, also makes “Knots of Love” fleece blankets for ALS patients. Richard Rothstein, 13, of Potomac, an eighth-grader at Herbert Hoover Middle School, organized a dance marathon for middle level students called “Be-Cuz We Care,” which raised $13,000 to send children in need to summer camp. Richard hosted the event with a cousin to honor another cousin who had died in a car accident.

The following students have been named to the dean's list for the fall 2008 semester at the University of Vermont: Stephen Kent, of Potomac, a first-year student undeclared major in the College of Arts & Sciences and Gabrielle Equale, of Potomac, a sophomore political science major in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) seniors were selected as candidates for the Presidential Scholars award: Winston Churchill High School: Lucas Chang, Andrew Cho; Walt Whitman High School: Thomas Berry, Rachel Zhang; and Thomas S. Wootton High School: Jonathan Liang, Andrea Tian.

Potomac resident Alice Hu is currently studying abroad through the Boston University (BU) International Programs office. A communication major at BU’s College of Communication, Hu is currently enrolled in the Shanghai Internship Program through the end of the Spring 2009 semester. Hu is scheduled to graduate from BU in 2010.

Anna Goodman, a graduate of Winston Churchill High School, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at The College of Wooster. Goodman, a sophomore anthropology major from Potomac, achieved a grade point average of 3.65 or above.

Lafayette College sophomore Dean Weiss of Potomac used his skills as a computer science major to help Kristen Sanford-Bernhardt, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, explore new ways to operate and maintain a system of roadways. Sanford-Bernhardt has been working on this project since 2006. The 2007 graduate of Winston Churchill High School thinks that this experience helped him understand more options for a computer science major in the job market.

Jennifer Kuo, from Thomas Wootton High School, won third place in the “Together We’re Better” contest.